Medications to Avoid with Lap Band

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on June 15th, 2012 in Weight Loss

The Lap-Band is a safe surgical procedure to assist in weight loss.

However, lap-band patients are urged to follow certain precautions to maximize their chances at a successful, problem-free recovery.

Some medications should be avoided if you have had the Lap-Band procedure.

Chief among these are anti-inflammatory drugs. Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and other drugs should be used only after checking with a doctor.

This is because they may contribute to a higher risk of the band eroding into the stomach. Other than that, patients on medication related to certain conditions may not be good candidates for the Lap-Band.

This is not because the medication makes it unsafe, but because these conditions make it more likely to have complications with the Lap-Band.

These conditions include:

  • alcohol and drug addiction
  • gastrointestinal conditions
  • autoimmune disease, or family history of autoimmune disease
  • cardiopulmonary or inflammatory diseases
  • pregnancy (Those currently pregnant may not undergo surgery. However, patients may become pregnant after they have healed from their surgery. Consult your bariatric surgeon for details.)

As always, follow your doctor's advice.

If you are on medication and have the lap band or are interested in getting the lap band, consult with a bariatric surgeon. The cost of a lap band can vary based on your location.

Across the United States, the lap band cost is $14,532. More detailed information will be available at your consultation.